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ALAN Conference Series

ALAN 5 will take place from the 12.-14. Nov. in Snowbird, Utah, US.

Night Sky Data to the People!

A new website presents citizen science data

Touring Exhibition

Our touring exhibition with 15 posters can be borrowed for events!

'Loss of the Night' App

The 'Loss of the Night' app measures sky brightness! Take part in a world-wide citizen science project that measures star visibility and light pollution. The app is free!

City Night Time Lapse

This growing collection of time lapse videos of nights in urban centres provides insights how city lights change throughout the course of the night

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Astronomy / Skyglow

Espey B, McCauley J (2014) Initial Irish light pollution measurements and a new Sky Quality Meter-based data logger. Lighting Research and Technology 46: 67-77

Pun CSJ, So CW, Leung WY, Wong CF (2014) Contributions of artificial lighting sources on light pollution in Hong Kong measured through a night sky brightness monitoring network. Journal of Quantitative Spectroscopy and Radiative Transfer, in press

Aubé M, Roby J, Kocifaj M (2013) Evaluating Potential Spectral Impacts of Various Artificial Lights on Melatonin Suppression, Photosynthesis, and Star Visibility. PloS ONE, 8(7):e67798

Davies TW, Bennie J, Inger R, Gaston KJ (2013) Artificial light alters natural regimes of night-time sky brightness. Scientific Reports 3: 1722

Duriscoe DM (2013) Measuring Anthropogenic Sky Glow Using a Natural Sky Brightness Model. Publications of the Astronomical Society of the Pacific, 125: 1370-1382

Duriscoe DM, Luginbuhl CB, Elvidge CD (2013) The relation of outdoor lighting characteristics to sky glow from distant cities. Lighting Research and Technology 46 (1): 35-49

Schnitt S, Ruhtz T, Fisher J, Hölker F, Kyba CCM (2013) Temperature Stability of the Sky Quality Meter. Sensors 13: 12166-12174.

Kyba CCM, Wagner JM, Kuechly HU, Walker CE, Elvidge CD, Falchi F, Ruhtz R, Fischer J, Hölker F (2013) Citizen Science Provides Valuable Data for Monitoring Global Night Sky Luminance. Scientific Reports 3: 1835

Andreić Ž, Andreić D, Pavlić K (2012) Near infrared light pollution measurements in Croatian sites. Geofizika, in press

Aubé M, Kocifaj M (2012) Using two light-pollution models to investigate artificial sky radiances at Canary Islands observatories. Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, in press

Bierman A (2012) Will switching to LED outdoor lighting increase sky glow?. Lighting Research and Technology, in press

Biggs JD, Fouch T, Bilki F, Zadnik MG (2012) Measuring and mapping the night sky brightness of Perth, Western Australia. Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society 421: 1450-1464

Craine ER, Craine BL, Craine PR, Craine EM (2012) The Light at Night Mapping Project: LAN MAP 1, the Tucson Basin. Society for Astronomical Sciences 2012 (proceedings), 139-145

Falchi F, Cinzano P (2012) The propagation of light pollution in the atmosphere. MNRAS in press

Kocifaj M (2012) Two-stream approximation for rapid modeling the light pollution levels in local atmosphere. Astrophysics and Space Science, in press

Noll S, Kausch W, Barden M, Jones AM, Szyszka C, Kimeswenger S, Vinther J (2012) An atmospheric radiation model for Cerro Paranal. I. The optical spectral range. Astronomy and Astrophysics, in press 

Pun CSJ, So CW (2012) Night-sky brightness monitoring in Hong Kong: a city-wide light pollution assessment. Environ Monit Assess 184: 2537-2557

Falchi F (2011) Campaign of sky brightness and extinction measurements using a portable ccd camera. Mon Not R Astron Soc 412:33-48

Hamidi ZS, Abidin ZZ, Ibrahim ZA, Shariff NNM (2011) Effect of light pollution on night sky limiting magnitude and sky quality in selected areas in Malaysia. Sustainable Energy & Environment (ISESEE), 2011 3rd International Symposium & Exhibition, pp.233-235

Kocifaj M (2011) A numerical experiment on light pollution from distant sources. Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society 415:3609-3615 

Lolkema DE, Haaima M, den Outer PN, Spoelstra H (2011) Effects of meteorological and atmospheric parameters on night sky brightness. Report of the Netherlands National Institute for Public Health and the Environment (RIVM #680151002)

Müller A, Wuchterl G, Sarazin M (2011): Measuring the Night Sky Brightness with the Lightmeter. ReVMexAA 41: 46-49

Park H (2011) Remembering the starry night (SkyAct): Using smartphones and social networking to raise community awareness to light pollution. Masters Thesis, York University

Stark H, Brown SS, Wong KW, Sturtz J, Elvidge CD, Pollack IB, Ryerson TB, Dube WP, Wagner NL, Parrish DD (2011) City lights and urban air. Nature Geoscience 4: 730-731 

Walker CE, Pompea SM (2011) National education program for energy efficient illumination engineering. Proceedings of SPIE Eco-Photonics 2011, Strasbourg, France, March 2011. 

Baskill, D (2010) How dark is your sky? Astronomy & Geophysics 51:6.23-24 

Elvidge CD, Keith DM, Tuttle BT, Baugh KE (2010) Spectral identification of lighting type and character. Sensors 10: 3961-3988.

Falchi F (2010): Campaign of sky brightness and extinction measurements using a portable ccd camera. Mon Not R Astron Soc TBA: TBA

Hiscocks PD, Gudmundsson, S (2010) The Contribution of Street Lighting to Light Pollution. Journal of the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada, Vol. 104, No. 5, p.190 

Kocifaj M (2010) Modelling the spectral behaviour of night skylight close to artificial light sources. Mon Not R Astron Soc 403: 2105-2110. 

Kocifaj M, Aubé M, Kohút I (2010) The effect of spatial and spectral heterogeneity of ground-based light sources on night-sky radiances. Mon Not R Astron Soc 409:3 1203-1212 

Kolláth Z (2010): Measuring and modelling light pollution at the zselic starry sky park. J Phys Conf Ser 218: 012001

Rabaza O, Galadí-Enríquez D, Espín Estrella A, Aznar Dols F (2010): All-Sky brightness monitoring of light pollution with astronomical methods. Journal of Environmental Management 91: 1278-1287 

So CW (2010): Observational Studies of the Night Sky in Hong Kong. Master's thesis, The University of Hong Kong

Horváth G, Kriska G, Malik P, Robertson B (2009): Polarized light pollution: a new kind of ecological photopollution. Front Ecol Environ 7: 317-325

Luginbuhl CB, Lockwood GW, Davis DR, Pick K, Selders J (2009): From the Ground Up I: Light Pollution Sources in Flagstaff, Arizona. Publ Astron Soc Pac 121: 185-203

Luginbuhl CB, Duriscoe DM, Moore CW, Richman A, Lockwood GW, et al. (2009): From the Ground Up II: Sky Glow and Near-Ground Artificial Light Propagation in Flagstaff, Arizona. Publ astron soc pac 121: 204-212 

Kunz TH, Gauthreaux SA, Hristov NI, Horn JW, Jones G, et al. (2008): Aeroecology: probing and modeling the aerosphere. Integrative and Comparative Biology 48: 1-11

Aubé M (2007): Light pollution modeling and detection in a heterogeneous environment. In: Proceedings of Starlight 2007 conference. La Palma, Spain.

Duriscoe DM, Luginbuhl CB, Moore CA (2007): Measuring Night-Sky Brightness with a Wide-Field CCD Camera. Publ astron soc pac 119: 192-213

Kocifaj M (2007): Light-pollution model for cloudy and cloudless night skies with groundbased light sources. Appl Opt 46: 3013–3022

Kerola DX (2006) Modelling artificial night-sky brightness with a polarized multiple scattering radiative transfer computer code. Mon Not R Astron Soc 365: 1295-1299

Aubé M, Franchomme-Fossé L, Robert-Staehler P, Houle V (2005) Light pollution modeling and detection in a heterogeneous environment: toward a night time aerosol optical depth retrieval method. Proceedings of SPIE 2005 -- Volume 5890, San Diego, California, USA

Cinzano P (2005): Night sky photometry with sky quality meter. Technical Report 9, ISTIL. V1.4

Albers S, Duriscoe D (2001) Modeling light pollution from population data and implications for National Park Service lands. George Wright Forum 18:56-68

Bortle JE (2001) Introducing the Bortle Dark-Sky Scale. Sky & Telescope, February 2001

Cinzano P, Falchi F, Elvidge CD (2001): The first World Atlas of the artificial night sky brightness. Mon Not R Astron Soc 328: 689-707

Cinzano P, Stagni R (2000): The colors of the sky glow. Mem Soc Astron Ita 71: 231-234

Falchi F, Cinzano P (2000) Measuring and Modelling Light Pollution. Mem Soc Astron Ital 71: 139  

Garstang RH (1989): Night-sky brightness at observatories and sites. Publ Astron Soc Pac 101: 306-329

Garstang RH (1986) Model for Artificial Night-Sky Illumination. Publ Astron Soc Pac 98:364-375

Walker MF (1977) The effects of urban lighting on the brightness of the night sky. Publications of the Astronomical Society of the Pacific 89, 405-409

Berry RL (1976) Light Pollution in Southern Ontario. Journal of the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada 70: 97-115

Pike R (1976) A Simple Computer Model for the Growth of Light Pollution. Journal of the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada 70:116-126

Bertiau FC, de Graeve E, Treanor PJ (1973) The Artificial Night-sky Illumination in Italy. Vatican Observatory publications, 1(4), 157-179

Hoag AA (1973) City Sky Glow Monitoring at Kitt Peak. Publications of the Astronomical Society of the Pacific 85: 503-507

Riegel KW (1973) Light Pollution. Science 179: 1285-1291

Walker MF (1973) Light Pollution in California and Arizona. Publications of the Astronomical Society of the Pacific 85: 508-519

Walker MF (1970) The California Site Survey. Publications of the Astronomical Society of the Pacific 82: 672-698